New Study Shows Most Drivers are Distracted on the Roads
Distracted driving is dangerous. Over and over, studies show how just a few seconds spent looking at your phone instead of the road can result in a devastating accident. But that isn’t stopping drivers from using their mobile devices behind the wheel.
A new study from Zendrive reveals that drivers are using mobile devices 100 times more than previously thought. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 600,000 drivers were using their phones while driving. Zendrive puts that number around 69 million drivers.
Zendrive Analyzes Cell Phone Data for Distracted Driving Study
Zendrive’s data came from actual cell phone usage. Whereas other studies have been observational or based on survey results, Zendrive’s data comes from a 3-month analysis of 3 million anonymous drivers. The software company looked at 570 million trips, in which 3 million people drove 5.6 billion miles. The trips occurred between December 2016 and February 2017.
The results are startling. Drivers used their phones during 88% of the trips analyzed in the study. If applied to the entire country, that’s the equivalent of 600 million distracted trips a day. Moreover, the study shows that during an hour-long trip, drivers averaged 3.5 minutes on their phones. Considering that being distracted behind the wheel increases the likelihood of a crash by over 20 times, this is a distressing finding.
Are Distracted Driving Laws Working?
Zendrive’s study found mixed results when it came to the effectiveness of laws against drivers using handheld phones. At the state level, laws banning handheld phones appear to reduce the amount of time drivers use their phones. However, at the city level, the results are murkier. For example, California has a ban on handheld cell phone use by drivers. Yet, of the cities across the U.S. involved in the study, Los Angeles ranked as the most distracted city.
“The results of this new study are eye-opening. We simply cannot ignore the rampant problem of distracted driving,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.
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